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PLS 152 Global Issues
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Issue #1  Terrorism

Terrorist Groups

Research one of the following terrorist groups on the web.  These groups will be discussed in class.  Questions to examine include the following:  (1)  What is the ideology or political orientation of the group? (2)  What's the nature of its leadership, strength and support among the people? (3)  What incidents are associated with this group?

A good place to begin this search is the state department web page on terrorism which can be found at the following site:

Other useful sites include:

The Battle of Algiers

The following questions will be raised in class.  Students should be prepared to respond to these questions:

  • What are the central lessons of the film "Battle of Algiers"?

  • What do you learn about terrorism from watching this film?

  • How does the film portray the terrorists? How does it portray the French? What's your personal opinion of each group?

  • What the French strategy for dealing with the FLN? Was it successful
     or not?

  • How did terrorists recruit the central character, Ali? How do you recruit new members?

  • How were the Algerian nationalists ultimately able to oust the French
    from Algeria and establish an independent state?

  • How did Algeria differ from other French colonies?

  • The PLO early in their existence followed a strategy remarkably similar to that employed by the FLN, can you speculate on why this strategy has not been as successful for the PLO as it was for the FLN? What are the similarities and differences between these two cases?

  • Conclusion:  What's your view of the film?  Did you like it, dislike it, find it interesting or not. What was your interpretation of the film?

Reviews and Commendaries on Battle of Algiers
Looking Back on the Battle of Algiers by Louis Proyect

Terrorist Profiles

Issue #2  Human Rights

Research the human rights record of one of the following countries- Iraq, China, Israel, India, Indonesia, US, or UK. 

Human Rights Documents

Human Rights Organizations

  • Amnesty International USA Amnesty monitors prison conditions around the world and urges fair and prompt trials for all political prisoners. It has documented extensive sexual abuse of female inmates in the U.S.
  • Casa Alianza A San Jose, Costa Rica-based group dedicated to the rehabilitation and defense of street children in Latin America.
  • Christian Children's Fund CCF works in 28 countries on critical children's issues.
  • Children's Defense Fund CDF addresses abuse, teen pregnancy, gun violence, housing, and other issues affecting poor children.
  • Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers An alliance of groups working to prevent governments and insurgency groups from using children under 18 in armed conflict.
  • Defense for Children International investigates sexual exploitation of children and other abuses.
  • Free the Children Founded by a 12-year-old boy who read about a Pakistani youth who was sold into bondage as a carpet weaver and murdered for speaking out against child labor, this group encourages youth to help exploited children.
  •  Human Rights Watch The largest U.S. human rights organization investigates abuses around the world, including those against children.

  • International Labour Organization Headquartered in Geneva, this U.N. agency sets and monitors worldwide standards for child labor.

  • Lawyers' Committee for Human Rights

  • Save the Children Helps children and families in 47 developing countries improve their health, education and economic opportunities.

  • Sisterhood Is Global Institute This nonprofit group produces and circulates educational manuals and research papers publicizing issues of concern to women, especially those in Muslim societies.

  • Street Kids International SKI works with local agencies in Asia, Africa and Latin America that help street children.

  • United Nations Children's Fund UNICEF helps poor children and their families in more than 160 countries.

  • United Nations Development Fund for Women UNIFEM promotes women's rights around the world and is a leader of the campaign to publicize and combat violence against women and girls.

Issue #3 Global Ecological Problems

Organizations concerned with the topic of global warming

  • The Community Learning Network has several useful global warming links.
  • Environmental Defense This nonprofit organization, formerly called the Environmental Defense Fund, seeks economically viable solutions to global warming and other environmental problems.

  • Environmental Canada has many international links to global warming and climate change sources.

  • Global Climate Coalition Founded by a group of corporations and trade associations, the coalition lobbies in opposition to U.S. ratification of the Kyoto Protocol.

  •  Greenpeace USA Seeks to protect the environment through research, education and grassroots organizing. (Headquarters in Amsterdam, Netherlands.)

  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) This U.N. agency comprising some 2,500 scientists worldwide, assesses published, peer-reviewed scientific technical literature on climate change.

  •  Pew Center on Global Climate Change.<> This nonprofit organization provides information on climate change and seeks innovative ways to combat the problem.

  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change contains news and documents on the Kyoto Protocol and other global warming negotiations

  • United Nations Environmental Program
  • Union of Concerned Scientists
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency The EPA provides a wealth of information on the science related to global warming, as well as policies aimed at curbing it.

  •  Worldwatch Institute A research organization that focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to solving global environmental problems. its interests include energy conservation, renewable resources, solar power and energy use in developing countries.

  • World Wildlife Fund Conducts scientific research and analyzes policy on environmental and conservation issues, including pollution reduction, forestry and wetlands management and sustainable development.

  • White House Global Climate Page has useful information and links on global warming.

Issue #4  World Energy Problems

  • Critical Mass Energy Project, Public Citizen. Founded by consumer advocate Ralph Nader, this organization promotes environmentally safe alternatives to nuclear energy.
  • Energy Information Administration.   EIA provides data, forecasts and analyses to promote sound policy-making, efficient markets and public understanding regarding energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment
  • Environmental Protection Agengy.  This governmental agency is responsible for clean air and water and deals with international
    environmental standards.

  • Global Climate Coalition.  This coalition of business trade associations and private companies opposes mandated caps on emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases implicated in global warming.
  • International Atomic Energy Agency. . As an intergovernmental organization under the UN's umbrella, the IAEA deals with nuclear energy

  • National Petroleum Refiners Association.  This trade association provides information on the petroleum-refining and petro¬chemical-manufacturing industries.
  • Nuclear Energy Institute.  NEI promotes expansion of nuclear power as an environmentally friendly alternative to fossil fuels.
  • Resources for the Future.  This environmental research organization examines the benefits and costs of all aspects of environmental policy.
  • US Department of Energy.   This agency is responsible for a secure and reliable energy system that is both environmentally and economically sound. The agency oversees nuclear energy and the development of science and technology.

Issue #5 Population, Immigration, and Refugees

Organizations concerned with the topic of population, immigration and refugees

  • Population Action International This organization promotes population stabilization through public education and universal access to voluntary family planning.
  • Population Reference Bureau An educa­tional organization that provides information on family planning and international development programs and U.S. population policy.
  • Population Research Institute The institute focuses on human rights abuses in population programs and promotes economic development without recourse to these programs.
  • Zero Population Growth ZPG supports expansion of family-planning programs and women's access to abortion and family­planning services.

Issue #6 Global Health/Disease

  • American Public Health Association. The largest organization of public-health professionals in the world represents 50,000 members from 50 related occupations

  • Center for Law and the Public's Health. The center was founded in 2000 with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a primary, national resource on public health law, ethics and policy.

  • Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics.  The center uses literature, drama and the visual arts to integrate the humanities into medical education.

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The CDC is the lead federal public-health agency.

  • Food and Drug Administration.

  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

  • Nuclear Threat Initiative.  NTI seeks to reduce the risk of nuclear, bio­logical and chemical weapons.

  • World Health Organization.  The U.N. agency responsible for promoting worldwide health.

  • United Nations Aids Organization.  UN AIDS is a UN organization that deals with the global AIDS epidemic.

  • Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.  The GlobalFund supports all HIV and AIDS care, treatment, and prevention programs.





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